Ultraviolet Germicidal Radiation (UVGI)

Context As countries begin relaxing restrictions, questions are being asked on how post-lockdown scenarios will shape-up and what the “new normal” will be. Several countries are mandating behavioural changes, like social distancing and wearing masks, while others have considered issuing ‘immunity passports’ or ‘risk-free certificates’. Now, scientists are studying the use of ultraviolet Read More …

What labour law changes mean?

Context As the economy struggles with the lockdown and thousands of firms and workers stare at an uncertain future, some state governments last week decided to make significant changes in the application of labour laws. On the face of it, these changes are being brought about to incentivise economic activity in Read More …

Pokhran-II Nuclear Tests

Context (May 11) is National Technology Day, celebrated to mark the day on which India successfully test-fired its first nuclear bombs in 1998. Between May 11 and May 13, 1998, five devices were tested during the nuclear tests in Rajasthan’s Pokhran. India is currently among eight countries in the world Read More …

Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and Mental Cruelty

Context The Bombay High Court, while granting a divorce last week, held that a wife writing to her husband’s employer with unfounded allegations about him constituted actionable cruelty under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. In its judgment of May 5, a division bench of Justices VM Deshpande and SM Modak Read More …

Aarogya Setu

Context The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology issued a data-sharing and knowledge-sharing protocol for the Aarogya Setu app, laying down guidelines for sharing such data with government agencies and third parties. Prior to this, the only legal shield around the mechanism was the app’s privacy policy. The executive order issued Read More …

Atma-nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan

Context Prime Minister of India said the country should view the Covid-19 crisis as an opportunity to achieve economic self-reliance. In his address to the nation, he stressed on the importance of promoting “local” products. He called it Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (or Self-reliant India Mission) and said that in the days to come, his government Read More …

Medium, Small, Micro Enterprises

Context The Covid-19 pandemic has left its impact on all sectors of the economy but nowhere is the hurt as much as the Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) of India.  How are MSMEs defined? Formally, MSMEs are defined in terms of investment in plant and machinery (Chart 1). But this criterion for Read More …

A Virtual Court

A virtual court is a unique contribution of the eCourts Project. A pilot virtual court was launched in August 2018 in Delhi for traffic offences and it has been a great success. Virtual courts have been successfully tried out in Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. A virtual court is Read More …

PM CARES Fund & PM’s National Relief Fund

PM CARES Fund: The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund, or the PM CARES Fund, was set up to tackle distress situations such as that posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Who may contribute to the fund? The fund receives voluntary contributions from individuals and organisations and does Read More …

[PIB] Kisan Sabha App

Context In present situation of COVID 19, farmers are looking for help in their harvest reaching the market, seed/ fertilizer procurement, etc. A robust supply chain management is urgently required to facilitate the timely delivery of the produce at the best possible prices. About Kisan Sabha App Kisan Sabha App Read More …